SpaceX rocket launch obzerved from Port Canaveral – Oct. 7, 2012.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, launching Dragon to supply the International Space Station. The View from Port Canaveral was incredible as the reflection of the Rocket Engine Flames glowing over the bay. There will be 11 more missions to resupply the International Space

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SpaceX rocket launch Pic1 – Oct. 7, 2012.

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SpaceX rocket launch Pic2 – Oct. 7, 2012.

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SpaceX rocket launch – reflection over Cape Canaveral intercostal waters

16 thoughts on “SpaceX rocket launch obzerved from Port Canaveral – Oct. 7, 2012.

  1. That smooth SpaceX launch? Turns out one of the engines came apart
    Video shows craft continuing to orbit after burst of flame, falling debris.

    arstechnica.com/science/2012/10/that-smooth-spacex-launch-turns-out-one-of-the-engines-exploded/

    • Right now I’m not so convinced that SpaceX needs a Falxon X. The Falcon 9 Heavy is large goneuh to deliver most satellites to space that the market wants.Also, two Falcon 9 Heavies can deliver 64,000 kg to LEO. That’s goneuh to deliver any single component of a Sustainable Space Development (SSD) architecture which ultimately involves bringing lunar water ice to LEO. At that point, who even needs a super heavy lift rocket for any purpose?It seems to me as though the purpose for a Falcon XX is for a single shot for manned missions beyond LEO. Again, if you can fuel an Earth Departure Stage (EDS) using an LEO fuel depot, then the rest of the stack can be lifted using Falcon 9 Heavies. However, if NASA insists on building a heavy lift vehicle, then I’d rather SpaceX & other commercial companies build it due to the proven cost-effectiveness of the COTS/CRS/(CRS)-approach. But my perspective is, Develop SSD first then we’ll realize what we do and don’t need next .

    • That’s good news! Congratulations SpaceX. This is a memorable day in fhgilt history. Their effort reminds me of stories from the 1930s when commercial airlines started carrying U.S. Mail, because the government mail carriers were unreliable. So, government took over control of the airways rather than using them for domestic reasons.

    • “Weren’t we supposed to have penanremt orbital colonies at the Lagrangian points by now?”Yeah, so every few months they could report to Earth; “Ooh look; we’re in space! It’s ultra expensive and we’re dying from the radiation, but it sure is cool!” — Lyle

    • SpaceX will launch a rceokt into orbit in three years Except that’s wrong. SpaceX has already had two successful Falcon 1 launches and two successful Falcon 9 launches, the last of which brought the Dragon spacecraft into Earth orbit. It returned to Earth safely afterwards.

    • Update:The morning laucnh attempt failed with 10 seconds on the countdown. Apparently the system went into a ‘safe mode’ and shut itself down.No word yet on whether they will try again when the 3pmEDT laucnh window opens. Likewise, there are two such windows tomorrow. Vhen ze rokket goez up I don’t care vere it comez down. That’z not my department sez Verner von Braun

  2. I watched the hirhegs video last night quite an amazing video! There have been some similar RocketCams from the Shuttle and EELVs, but this is the first one I’ve seen that shows the actual staging. [As well as showing the 2nd stage engine bell apparently banging the side of the first stage as it dropped away… Oops!]

  3. they have a full slate of launches sdcehuled through to 2014, and are on track to be able to produce and launch one rocket a month. Pretty cool!Also, they have a Cylon Statue and an Iron Man statue in their dining area, which I thought was pretty awesome.

  4. SpaceX will launch a rocekt into orbit in three years Except that’s wrong. SpaceX has already had two successful Falcon 1 launches and two successful Falcon 9 launches, the last of which brought the Dragon spacecraft into Earth orbit. It returned to Earth safely afterwards.

  5. I watched the hihregs video last night quite an amazing video! There have been some similar RocketCams from the Shuttle and EELVs, but this is the first one I’ve seen that shows the actual staging. [As well as showing the 2nd stage engine bell apparently banging the side of the first stage as it dropped away… Oops!]

  6. The epic smoke of the Shuttle was also the epic fail of the Shuttle. Its cause by Solid rocket boesrots SRB’s. Oversized Estes model rocket engines and unsophisticated. Solid fuel explodes about 2% of the time because of air bubbles in production. One of the reasons Werner Von Braun left NASA was that he was against using solid fuel with manned rockets. SRB’s cannot be turned off once started. After the Challenger accident, it turned out that Werner Von Braun was right.

  7. can someone tell me how speacx is a profitable venture, i can see the possibility of profitability in the future through helium 3 mining on the moon, but currently i can only assume that its being subsidized by NASA, or NASA is paying speacx for launches, if this is so, what is the cost benefit of having a private space exploration company? why isnt nasa just doing this shit, or better yet, why not combine funding and have an international space program

  8. lol its alwas about money dude look at the budget of nasa for the aloplo program something like 5 billion dollars a year and that was in 1960 s, 70s today that same budget would equal 11 billion a year we did land on the moon u have to understand it was a whole program with many missions not just the famous aloplo 11 which was a show boat mission to say we landed on the moon the ones before and the ones that followed actually were for science.

  9. It’s being heavily sibsudized by NASA. By that I mean that much of the development for Dragon and Falcon 9 is paid for already. The rest comes from contracts with other companies for launching satellites. I don’t know if they’re profiting yet, since I don’t think they;ve done anything but test flights. Once they start launching cargo to ISS, they’ll be making big bucks.

  10. The shuttle beat LRO/LCROSS to the lcnuah pad! The winning logic probably was that if the shuttle went first there would be 3 attempts possible versus 2 if LRO/LCROSS went first instead.I hope everything goes well for both lcnuahs since they are both very important missions.

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